Symptoms Indicative of
Reactive Attachment Disorder

Symptoms according to Institute for Attachment & Child Development
(Symptoms for Ages 6-18, Measured from Rarely to Usually)

  • Superficially engaging and charming
  • Trouble making eye contact (low self-esteem)
  • Indiscriminately affectionate with strangers
  • Lacking ability to give and receive affection
  • Argues for long periods, often over trivial matters
  • Extreme need for control
  • Behaves with extremely convincing innocence after wrong doing
  • Destructive to self, others, things
  • Self-soothing behaviors (e.g., rocking and other rhythmical movements)
  • Controlling with animals and younger children
  • Temper tantrums over the smallest correction or told no to requests
  • Chronic lying and stealing
  • Poor impulse control (joy in the movement)
  • Learning lags and disorders (learned helplessness)
  • Poor cause and effect thinking
  • Lack of conscience
  • Abnormal eating patterns
  • Cannot sustain long-term friendships
  • Preoccupied nonsense questions and incessant chatter
  • Parents appear unreasonably hostile and angry